Hockman praises ‘D’ in offensive rout
by Jeff Dickinson
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 14, 2013 02:32 AM | 2516 views | 3 3 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McEachern quarterback Ty Clemons stretches for the goal line to score a touchdown against Pebblebrook — the first of many times the Indians reached the end zone.
<br>Special photo by Al Eckford
McEachern quarterback Ty Clemons stretches for the goal line to score a touchdown against Pebblebrook — the first of many times the Indians reached the end zone.
Special photo by Al Eckford
POWDER SPRINGS — After Friday night’s 53-7 drubbing of previously unbeaten Pebblebrook, McEachern has scored 126 points, en route to a 3-0 record and a No. 2 state ranking.

After the game, however, Indians coach Kyle Hockman wanted to talk defense.

“I’m real proud of the way our offense played Friday), but defense is what’s going to carry us to a successful season,” Hockman said after McEachern’s opener to Region 4AAAAAA play. “We have nine returning starters on defense, and that’s a strong part of our team. We forced turnovers (Friday), and that was big.”

McEachern forced five Pebblebrook turnovers and turned a close game into a second-quarter blowout.

After only leading 6-0 after the first quarter thanks to a swarming Pebblebrook defense, the Indians scored 35 unanswered points to take a 41-0 halftime lead and put the game away.

McEachern scored those points in a hurry, with four touchdowns in a span of 5 minutes. Three Pebblebrook fumbles and an interception turned a close game into a blowout.

Two offensive players paved the way for the Indians in the first half. Quarterback Ty Clemons rushed 11 times for 67 yards and went 9-of-13 passing for 87 yards. Taj Griffin carried the ball 13 times for 119 yards on the ground.

Both players watched the second half from the sideline as McEachern built its insurmountable lead.

Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon saw his primary offensive threat on the night go down early in the third quarter. Quarterback Dezmon Huntley spent time on the turf and was finally helped off the field after a scuffle and an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty on an incomplete pass.

Huntley seemed to be favoring his wrist, but Macon said that wasn’t the case after the game.

“There are no indications that Dez broke his wrist,” Macon said. “Right now, it just looks like he has some deep bruising, but we won’t know for sure until later. We just couldn’t muster anything offensively (Friday), and the turnovers killed us.

“I think our boys were flustered and a little intimidated when McEachern started scoring all those points.”

A third-quarter touchdown and another at the start of the fourth quarter gave McEachern a 53-0 lead. Pebblebrook (2-1, 0-1) finally got on the scoreboard with less than a minute remaining on a 29-yard pass from third-string quarterback Perry Seldon to Justin Simms, followed by Eddie Castenada’s extra point.

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September 14, 2013
While it is true that Huntley left the field in the third quarter, it was not due to the scuffle or penalty. He left due to a clean hit well away from the penalized players while under pressure and landed in his arm injuring it.

Why don't you mention that the penalty was due in part to the Pebblebrook coach being on the field? One of his multiple unwarranted trips on the field.

As an official myself, I found the referee and his crew to have very poor control which bordered on negligent in their inability to control the game. I have seen better officiated games at the recreation levels.
Marietta Man
September 19, 2013
oh please...Indian players were rough housing and taking body shots while on the ground... But that's the mentality that they have always played with and it will always be because that's what they get away with. Obviously the coach was on the field because he saw something that the refs ignored.
Macland Rd speedster
September 14, 2013
Great commanding start. Gotta love it. GO Indians!
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